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Sturgeon & Son, Inc. Case Settles for $14,500

The California Air Resources Board has fined Sturgeon & Son, Inc. $14,500 for emissions violations during 2007 and 2008. An ARB investigation showed Sturgeon & Son, Inc., based in Bakersfield, Calif., failed to properly inspect some of their diesel vehicles, as required by California law. Failing to conduct these inspections can lead to an increase of toxic diesel particulate matter in the air.  Sturgeon & Son paid $14,500 in penalties: $10,875 went to the California Air Pollution Control Fund for projects and research to improve California's air quality. The Peralta Community College District received $1,812.50 to fund emissions education classes conducted by participating California community colleges. The remaining $1,812.50 went to the California Pollution Control Financing Authority which guarantees loans to off-road vehicle fleets that need to buy exhaust retrofits to comply with state regulations.